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Arizona Submarine Veterans
Perch Base
Phoenix, AZ
United States Submariners

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Annual Awards Banquet - Saturday - January 21.       ★       Tale of Two Cities parade - Saturday - February 4.       ★       Monthly Meeting - February 11 - at Dillon's.
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Veterans Heritage Project
Perch Base member Dick Noreika, Capt. USN (ret) encourages any submariners, but especially diesel boat sailors, to register for the Veterans Heritage Project. Many or our older sub sailors are sadly going on eternal patrol with stories that will be lost forever.
Contact Dick to get registered by emailing him at jnoreika@hotmail.com, or snail mail to P.O. Box 5272, Carefree, AZ 85377-5272.
Students in the Veterans Heritage Project (formerly Arizona Heritage Project) from chapter schools have conducted nearly 1,000 interviews with veterans from World War I to Afghanistan. An important reason to collect these narratives is to preserve them for future generations with the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, which has collected over 85,000 stories to date.

Bob Wright USS Ray (SSR-271) plank photos

Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Perch Base member Dan Marks (r,) who rode the nuke boat USS Ray (SSN-653) presents a piece of the deck planking from the diesel boat USS Ray (SSR-271) to Perch Base Holland Club member Bob Wright (l.) The boat was decommissioned after the war, but recommissioned in 1952, converted to a radar picket submarine and redesignated as SSR-271. Bob was a member of the recommissioning crew
View more details and pictures HERE.

David Fledderjohn

David "Flapper" Fledderjohn
Perch Base member David "Flapper" Fledderjohn departed on Final Patrol in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 7th. He was hospitalized at the time. Dave joined Perch Base in 2007, was our Base Membership Chairman in 2008, and was a USSVI Life Member. He was on the Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) Board as a Fundraising Coordinator up to his Eternal Patrol.
Dave joined the Navy in 1967, served and qualified in 1970 on the USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640,) including becoming a shellback upon crossing the equator, and left the Navy in 1974 as an ETR3(SS). Dave is survived by his partner, Kathleen Schultheis.

His ashes will be inurned at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Cave Creek road in Phoenix at a date to be determined. Perch Base expects to conduct the ceremony and further details will be issued later.

SAILOR, REST YOUR OAR! YOUR WATCH HAS ENDED.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

Annual Awards Banquet silent auction photo

Annual Awards Banquet
The Annual Awards Banquet, Saturday, January 21, 2017, isn't that far away!
Donations of submarine memorabilia are still needed for the Silent Auction at the Awards Banquet. Donations to the Silent Auction will still be accepted at the January 14 Subvets meeting. This will be the last pick-up of items for this years Awards Banquet which will be held Jan. 21.

USS Swordfish

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
72 years ago, on Jan. 12, 1945, the USS Swordfish (SS-193), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
She was lost somewhere near Okinawa, on her 13th war patrol. Probably was lost to a mine.
89 men were lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

USS Argonaut

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
74 years ago, on Jan. 10, 1943, the USS Argonaut (SS-166), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
Originally a minelayer, she was converted to a troop carrier. She was attacked by Japanese destroyers off Makin Island, which sank her with gunfire. Her loss was confirmed by a US Army Air Force bomber returning from a bombing raid.
102 men were lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

Map to Dillon's Restaurant

JOIN US AT A MEETING.
We meet the second Saturday of every month at 1200 hours (noon if you’ve been out a while) at Dillon's Restaurant, 20585 North 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308-6821 (Left-click address, or the map above, for a Google map to Dillon's.) Come at 1100 for time to "socialize."

2016 Pearl Harbor Day photos

Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Perch Base attended the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day event on 12/07/2016 at the Wesley Bolin Plaza by the Arizona State Capitol to place wreaths during the ceremony.
We placed two wreaths. One for the WW2 Submarine Veterans and one for Perch Base.
View more details and pictures HERE.

Pfc. Daniel Hunt

Pfc. Daniel Hunt
Perch Base members attended the interment of Army Pfc. Daniel Hunt, 18, of Columbiaville, Michigan at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on December 2, 2016 with full military honors. Pfc. Hunt was previously MIA from the Korean War.
View more details HERE.

2016 Phoenix Veterans Day parade photos

Phoenix Veterans Day Parade
Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float to the Phoenix, Arizona, Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday, November 11, 2016.
That's a real bald eagle on the firetruck!
View more details and pictures HERE.

2016 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Gilbert Veterans Day
The Town of Gilbert, AZ, invited Perch Base back for their 2016 Veterans Day Ceremony. We took the USS Phoenix float to the Municipal Center for a static display on Thursday, November 10, 2016.
They say, "There's no such thing as a free lunch," but local restaurants fed us, too!
View more details and pictures HERE.

2016 Black Canyon City Veterans Day Photos

Black Canyon Veterans Day Parade
Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float to the Black Canyon City, Arizona, Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 5, 2016, but first, we must stop at the Rock Springs Cafe for our traditional slice of pie.
View more details and pictures HERE.

2016 Anthem Veterans Day Photos

Anthem Veterans Day Parade
Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float to the Anthem, Arizona, Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 5, 2016. We were accompanied by the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps - Phoenix Division. We had a big garbage truck in front of us, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio behind us, so we probably had the safest position in the parade!
View more details and pictures HERE.

RAdm Mike McLauglin and Dan Moss

ASSM
Perch Base member and Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) Foundation Chairman Dan Moss (r) presents a model of the USS La Jolla (SSN‑701) to Rear Admiral (ret) Mike McLaughlin (l). RADM McLauglin commanded the USS La Jolla, a Los Angeles class boat, prior to becoming the Commander of Submarine Squadron 11. Since his US Navy retirement, he is the Vice President of Site Support at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.
View the ASSM website HERE.

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The Loss of the Perch

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US Flag

When should I fly the American Flag at half staff?

Check out the Arizona Half Staff Notification web site.

65 U.S. Submarines never returned to port. Click on Eternal Patrol and see pictures and stories of the "boats" that remain at sea . . . forever, on eternal patrol.

Need to reach us or have a question?
communications@perch-base.org

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USSVI Creed:

"To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. That their dedication, deeds and supreme sacrifice be a constant source of motivation toward greater accomplishments. Pledge loyalty and patriotism to the United States of America and its Constitution.

In addition to perpetuating the memory of departed shipmates, we shall provide a way for all Submariners to gather for the mutual benefit and enjoyment. Our common heritage as Submariners shall be strengthened by camaraderie. We support a strong U.S. Submarine Force.

The organization will engage in various projects and deeds that will bring about the perpetual remembrance of those shipmates who have given the supreme sacrifice. The organization will also endeavor to educate all third parties it comes in contact with about the services our submarine brothers performed and how their sacrifices made possible the freedom and lifestyle we enjoy today."

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We honor those submariners
who have never
returned to port
and remain on
Eternal Patrol

Link to boats on Eternal Patrol

Click on the picture, above,
to see those boats on
"Eternal Patrol"

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IF YOU'VE EARNED THESE...

Officer Dolphins

WE are an organization with but one simple requirement to join
— have you ever worn Dolphins?
(been designated, "Qualified in Submarines.")

All of us have served their country
in the Silent Service

Enlisted Dolphins

...WE WANT YOU!

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Because we are the "SILENT SERVICE," many people are unaware of the services our submarine brothers performed in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Thirty submarines served in the Korean War, as detailed on the USS Bowfin Submarine website. Sixty-six submarines served in the Vietnam War, as detailed in a letter from United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

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Click here for the Submarine Glossary

Click on the Blackboard for a Complete Glossary of Submarine, Naval and Nautical Terms

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Click on this sentence, or the photo, below, to see how the float was constructed

Pictures showing how the float was constructed

To honor those who currently serve, and those who went before us, we built this float that we use in parades and static displays. The float is a 1/15 scale model of the nuclear powered submarine USS Phoenix (SSN-702,) named after our city. The Phoenix was a Los Angeles-class submarine that was 362 feet long and, on the surface, had 32 feet of the ship under water.

Need a description of the Perch Base float, a scale model of the USS Phoenix (SSN-702)?
Click on the document icon, below, to get the approved and authentic script suitable for parades or other public events.

Refer the event organizers to http://www.perch-base.org/Float-Announcer-Script.pdf

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Click here for the Submarine Glossary

Click here for a complete historical listing of all the classes of submarines.

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